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Move to dump franchise tax back by popular demand


By TED CARTER Mississippi may be about to give a 10-year test to a key fixture of politically conservative fiscal thinking – that revenue lost by lowering taxes on business will be more than offset by new business spending. The idea of enhanced revenue, or at the least no-net-loss — may become central to a 2016 legislative debate over phasing out ...

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Education, health, prisons face cuts in FY17 budget draft


Mississippi’s top budget writers are recommending spending cuts to schools, universities, community colleges, prisons, Medicaid, and mental health and human services for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Tuesday and approved an initial blueprint for fiscal 2017, which begins July 1. The blueprint recommends how to spend nearly $6.2 billion in state money. That’s a 1.6 percent ...

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Bill designed to give state timely work-force training set for 2016 return


By TED CARTER Look for the return in Mississippi’s 2016 legislative session of a work-force training bill Gov. Phil Bryant dubbed last session the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. The bill authored by Rep. Jeffrey Smith, a Tupelo Republican who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, would allocate $25 million a year for two years to a  program geared to provide a “rapid ...

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GOP-majority panel to hear challenge over Miss. House seat

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JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee meets Tuesday to start discussing a contested race that went to a drawing of straws for a tiebreaker. House Speaker Philip Gunn appointed a panel of four Republicans and one Democrat to hear the petition filed by Republican challenger Mark Tullos of Raleigh. Tullos and five-term Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville each received ...

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Analysis: New Mississippi lawmakers bring broad experience

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Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives. Here are five things to know about the incoming group of senators and representatives, with a quick disclaimer — because of space, not everyone is mentioned here by name: 1. Some bring experience ...

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Shift to fiscal hardliners makes road rough for new transportation money


By TED CARTER Mississippi’s business leaders may have waited too long – or perhaps not long enough – in targeting winter 2016 for a legislative showdown on how Mississippi pays for upkeep of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Today, any comprehensive transportation package that includes new funding is up against a 2016 legislative class with a sizable number of members ...

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Ga. Chamber big player in Peach State’s 2015 transportation funding overhaul


  By TED CARTER Georgia once paid its residents to drive hybrid vehicles. Today, it is charging owners of the electric automobiles $200 a year to drive on Georgia roads. The registration fee on hybrids, which climbs to $300 for commercial vehicles, brought strong protests but survived as part of an extensive 2015 transportation funding revamp that is projected to generate ...

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Do hybrid owners pay their share, or do they have a target on their back?

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  By TED CARTER Georgia did it. So did Virginia, before the Commonwealth decided it wasn’t such a great idea, after all. The two states enacted special registration fees on hybrid cars, figuring that motorists who drive electrically powered cars put wear and tear on roadways but avoid paying the motor fuel taxes that pay for road maintenance. With the stroke ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism nothing new

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Legislative Republicans, especially House Speaker Philip Gunn, often talk about their accomplishments during the current  four-year tenure that is quickly coming to an end. “Since Republicans gained control,” they often say as they tout their record as any good politician would do. It is true that Republicans gained a majority in the Mississippi House four years ago for the first ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Revenue cuts putting hospitals in survival mode


A hospital CEO recently told community leaders his health system faces a financial loss this year and tough sledding in the future. In fact, a slew of changes in health care funding are turning many Mississippi hospitals from cash cows into dinosaurs. As cash cows, hospitals became economic engines for the state and their communities. A 2012 study by the Mississippi ...

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